Teacher pensions in New York

More than 149,000 teachers, teaching assistants, guidance counselors and administrators drew a pension in 20134 from the New York State Teachers' Retirement System. They were employed in New York State public schools (excluding New York City), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), eligible charter schools, and some employees of New York State community colleges or SUNY schools.

The number of teachers and school administrators in New York collecting pensions increased by about 5 percent between 2011 and 2014, and the average pension grew 4.6 percent over that period, records show. The state's highest court ruled in May that the information is public. Story: Teacher pension numbers grow

The dollar amounts listed in the report represent the maximum monthly benefit payment (including any legislated cost‐of‐living adjustments and other supplementations the retiree is receiving, if any, according to his or her individual eligibility requirements) to which the retired members are entitled and do not necessarily reflect the actual amount received. Last‐Known Employer data is not comprehensive for members who retired prior to 2004. Teachers who worked for a BOCES program or a SUNY school are not grouped by county, since some of those programs serve multiple counties.

Source: New York State Teachers' Retirement System and staff research

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